Taking Fido to Barbeques

Are you planning to go to some grill-outs this summer? If so, your canine buddy would no doubt be thrilled to join you. After all, barbeques give Fido a chance to enjoy some of his favorite things: food, belly rubs, and sunshine! Just be sure to put your pup’s safety first. A local Marietta, GA vet discusses taking Fido to barbeques in this article.

Preparation

Before taking Fido to a fun outing, make sure he is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccinations and parasite control. Training is also important. All dogs should know and obey basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Food

If there’s one thing we can say for sure about dogs, it’s that they love food. Fido will happily gulp down anything offered to him, and will likely spend some time checking the ground for leftovers. Be very careful with what your offer your furry pal. Many foods that are often found at barbeques are poisonous to dogs. Some of the things on Fido’s no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocado; alcohol; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; chocolate; and grapes, currants, and raisins. Ask your vet for more information.

Hazards

Keep your canine friend away from the grill. You don’t want Fido singing his fur, or burning his mouth on a hot dog that fell to the ground! Also, keep chemicals, such as lighter fluid and bug spray, away from your pooch.

Water

Make sure your furry friend has lots of water. If you notice Fido panting, immediately take him to a cool, climate-controlled room and give him some water. If your pup still seems hot, call your vet.

Trash

As soon as dinner (or lunch) is over, put away leftovers and throw away the trash. Use a trash can with a secure lid, just in case Fido gets any bright ideas about looking for leftovers. The garbage could contain things that are very dangerous to dogs, such as skewers, bones, tin foil, fat trimmings, can lids, and plastic wrap.

Doors

Keep a close eye on Fido, especially as people are coming or going. You don’t want your pet slipping out an open gate!

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